This icon-scatter-plot shows the Goals Allowed vs First Period Goals Allowed for NHL teams through Feb 25, 2015.
Also shown is the linear fit and the shaded region of normalcy.
Teams above the dashed line defend better in later periods.
Teams below the dashed line defend better in the first period.
While the Devils allow the fewest goals in the first period, by the end of the game they are about average.
The Canadiens allow the fewest goals overall, and are about sixth best in the first period.
This matplotlib graphic was made at SportsDatabase.com
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